Nakhl Fort Nakhal Reviews
Getting fortified in Oman... Feb 23, 2010
Of the multitude of forts in Oman, Nakhl should be near the top of your list. One of the largest forts in the country, Nakhl is fairly convenient to Muscat (roughly an hour-and-a-half away by car) and one of the three gems making up the ‘Rustaq Loop’, a highly touted circular sightseeing route (which we didn’t do). Nakhl Fort is believed to have originally been constructed prior to Islam as protection for the valuable trade route between Nizwa and the coast.
Only in the past few centuries did Nakhl Fort get seriously upgraded and expanded to its present impressive dimensions. Much of this happened in the early 1800’s when the Said dynasty (whose rule persists today) added the six towers which lend a magical charm to the compound. With or without the towers, the fort appeals due to the way it has been interwoven into the rock outcrop it rests on. The fort has been completely restored and many rooms are well appointed with period fixtures.
A terrific aspect of Nakhl Fort is the free admission and you can easily spend several hours wandering about the complex. The fort itself has plenty to occupy you, but there’s an additional bonus of fantastic views of the village, oasis and mountains. Of the many forts we trooped through exploring Oman, Nakhl was easily my favorite!
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